One Flood Can Cause Major Change

first_imgSingle large floods can change landscapes more than precipitation, a study in the Himalayas shows.European geologists went to Tibet to figure out the role of large floods in the complex landscape of the Himalaya Mountains. They conclusions are stated in a preface:Glacial lake outburst floods (GLOFs) are exactly what they sound like. The sudden emptying of a glacial lake in high-topography regions like the Himalaya can quickly destroy everything in its path. Cook et al. intercepted a GLOF in the Bhotekoshi and Sunkoshi river valleys in central Nepal as they were monitoring the region in the aftermath of the 2015 Gorkha earthquake. They found that a massive amount of erosion occurred during the outburst flood, which suggests that GLOFs may be the primary factor in landscape evolution for these regions.The paper by Cook et al, “Glacial lake outburst floods as drivers of fluvial erosion in the Himalaya,” was published in Science. The team says that these large floods, which can transport boulders a meter or more in diameter, are not that rare.The frequency of GLOFs in the central Himalaya is difficult to establish, because records are incomplete and recorded floods may not be correctly identified as GLOFs. Nevertheless, GLOFs are relatively common in the Himalaya, with a major flood occurring at least once every 2 years on average.The site this team studied was instructive, suggesting that a GLOF can hit a particular site once every 30 years. The Abstract says,Himalayan rivers are frequently hit by catastrophic floods that are caused by the failure of glacial lake and landslide dams; however, the dynamics and long-term impacts of such floods remain poorly understood. We present a comprehensive set of observations that capture the July 2016 glacial lake outburst flood (GLOF) in the Bhotekoshi/Sunkoshi River of Nepal. Seismic records of the flood provide new insights into GLOF mechanics and their ability to mobilize large boulders that otherwise prevent channel erosion. Because of this boulder mobilization, GLOF impacts far exceed those of the annual summer monsoon, and GLOFs may dominate fluvial erosion and channel-hillslope coupling many tens of kilometers downstream of glaciated areas. Long-term valley evolution in these regions may therefore be driven by GLOF frequency and magnitude, rather than by precipitation.The classic GLOF in the western hemisphere was the one that caused the huge Lake Missoula Flood. That GLOF carved the extensive Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington State, cutting through solid lava rock in a matter of hours or days. The authors do not mention that case, but the evidence for a flood as the cause of the scablands catapulted J Harlan Bretz from scorn to fame. His flood theory went from maverick to mainstream quickly, after decades of ridicule by his peers. Other notable dam-breach events in the western hemisphere include Mt St Helens, Earthquake Lake, and Gros Ventre. Search “dam breach” for more examples.Falling rocks can explode so hard that only nuclear weapons beat them (New Scientist). The power of falling rock is described as much greater than expected. “If falling rocks are big enough and hit the ground hard enough they can create a blast so intense that the rocks are pulverised into powder. Such extreme rockfalls are followed by a shockwave that can snap trees hundreds of metres away.”Explosive lies: how volcanoes can lie about their age, and what it means for us  (The Conversation). If volcanoes can lie about their ages, what else in geology is lying?Looking at those GLOF floods, if we took just half the assumed age of the Earth, rounded down to 2 billion years, that would translate to 67 million GLOFs! Does that make any sense? Maybe the Earth is much younger, would you think?The fact that this team states that “the dynamics and long-term impacts of such floods remain poorly understood” speaks poorly of open-mindedness in the geological community. When will they learn their lessons? Landscape changes don’t have to take millions of years. Forces of sufficient magnitude can accomplish a lot of change quickly.(Visited 660 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Volunteers gear up for busy 2010

first_img18 December 2009While many South Africans will be relaxing over the holiday season, the 2010 Fifa World Cup Organising Committee (OC) will still be hard at work preparing for the task at hand next year.For the OC volunteer department, the New Year will bring with it the conclusion of the selection process and the beginning of training for the 15 000-strong group of volunteers that will help make 2010 happen.In January, the selection of the final 15 000 volunteers who will provide support at the 2010 Fifa World Cup™ will begin in earnest. These volunteers will be selected from a shortlist of 37 080 who were pre-selected from a total of 64 500 initial applications received from South Africa and abroad.The OC volunteer department will conduct interviews with the pre-selected applicants in January and February 2010, while for foreign pre-selected applicants, interviews will be conducted at the country of origin and in some instances through video conferencing.The successful volunteers chosen from this interview process will then be taken through extensive training in March and April 2010 in all nine of the host cities of the World Cup, while international volunteers will be trained over the internet, to ensure that once the teams arrive, the stadium gates open and the airports fill up, South Africa will be ready for 2010.For OC chief executive officer Danny Jordaan, the work of the volunteers is vital in ensuring that the tournament goes off without a hitch.“Volunteers form the backbone of the organisation of events the size of the World Cup,” Jordaan said this week. “We owe those who have already volunteered for the Confederations Cup and the Final Draw a large vote of thanks for all their support – they formed part of the core team which delivered these successful events to the world.“Next year we will once again rely on these selfless people in our efforts to ensure that we host a successful World Cup.“The volunteers that will be selected early next year certainly have their work cut out for them, but I know they will stand up to the challenge,” Jordaan said. This is their moment to be part of history, and we will welcome them into the World Cup team next year when selection is finalised.”The successful applicants will be trained in areas such as accreditation, administration, language support, IT and T, logistics, marketing, media, protocol, transport, volunteer management, and welcome and information services.Source: 2010 Fifa World Cup South Africa Organising Committeelast_img read more

2010: South Africa’s great leap forward

first_img8 June 2010An extraordinary thing happened recently in the famous chamber of London’s cavernous Royal Albert Hall.With 21 days to go before South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, eight South African stand-up comedians representing a kaleidoscope of the country’s racial diversity kept an overwhelmingly South African audience of more than 3 000 doubled up with laughter for three side-splitting hours.The show, called Bafunny Bafunny – a word-play on the nickname of SA’s national soccer team, Bafana Bafana (the boys) – was an irreverent attempt to build enthusiasm for the world’s largest sporting event among South Africa’s largest expatriate community – sometimes referred to as the tenth province of South Africa.Promoting social cohesionIt was catharsis of the kind that has been kindled – and could be fast-forwarded – by the national convergence and unity of purpose thrust on South Africans by hosting the world’s largest and most diverse sporting event.“The hosting of the 2010 World Cup will change the way the world sees South Africa and the African continent forever,” says President Jacob Zuma, who kicked a mean soccer ball himself while serving time for resistance to apartheid on South Africa’s notorious, Alcatraz-like Robben Island prison.Just as the 2006 World Cup had Germans smiling, drinking beer and waving the national flag en masse for the first time in 60 years, so the first African World Cup in South Africa could have an equally dramatic effect on promoting social cohesion in a country with a lingering legacy of deep racial inequality.Inside the Royal Albert Hall, there were two gigantic South African flags on either side of the massive organ and nothing to remind one that you were sitting in the heart of London’s prime venue.The crowd, a tiny fraction of the estimated 600 000 South Africans in the UK, was mobilised by word-of-mouth and without a single advertisement in mainstream media.Trevor Noah, Nick Rabinowitz, Loyiso Gola, Mark Lottering, John Vlismas, Kagiso Ledega, Mark Banks and Barry Hilton took the gloves off with slick, witty and hugely varied performances.Their repartee – peppered with four-letter words – slaughtered a series of favourite targets: Fifa, the fiery ANC youth leader Julius Malema, the police shoot-first policy, violent crime, and the biggest and most sensitive no-go area of all: race.The targeting of Malema was a moment of truth for the young democracy.After a protracted and heated public debate in April and May, the top disciplinary committee of the ruling African National Congress sanctioned Malema, inter alia, for singing an old liberation song which calls on its cadres to “kill a Boer” after it had been ruled to constitute hate speech by the courts.Boer was the label used to define conservative Afrikaans-speaking South Africans as the enemy during the apartheid era. The ANC has lodged an appeal against the ruling.At the height of the row, a half-forgotten extreme right-wing Boer leader, Eugene Terreblanche (whose name means “white earth” in the language of his French ancestors), was murdered by two black farm workers. The stark reality of the here and now confronted the young democracy.How do you justify a song coveted by one group of South Africans when it calls for the killing of members of another? Do you laugh or cry?‘It’s here. Can you feel it?’At the Royal Albert Hall on 20th May, the only tears to be found were those generated by excessive laughter.For three hours, a diverse audience of South Africans laughed at themselves, at each other and with each other at things that many could not talk about outside the comfort zone of their racial or cultural groups even a few years ago.In recent months, South Africans of all races have been donning Bafana shirts on Fridays, flying the national flag from their car windows, wrapping their rear-view mirrors in socks sporting the national flag, and chanting slogans about Africa’s time has come and: “It’s here. Can you feel it?”There is a rare inclusive outpouring of patriotic fervour.As the row about the noisy but uniquely African trumpet – known as a vuvuzela (Zulu for noise) – is debated on breakfast television shows at home and abroad, South Africans are undergoing a seismic shift in terms of social cohesion and identity which is set to be galvanised by hosting the 2010 World Cup.White South Africans, in the past wedded to rugby while soccer was and remains an overwhelmingly black sport, are starting to take ownership of the national team and willing it to victory despite its low international ranking.As the finishing touches are given to five awesome new stadiums, three transformed airports and a range of new transport and access routes, the level of national excitement is palpable.Estimates of foreign arrivals have come down significantly since the build-up began, which will mean that far more South Africans will get a seat at the stadiums.And there is a healthy ongoing debate about whether the large numbers of poor and unemployed South Africans will benefit from the expenditure of some US$5-billion on stadiums and related infrastructure.The physical benefits for the country’s economic infrastructure are there for all to see.But the most enduring benefactor of the World Cup will be the national psyche and the quest for a common national identity to transcend a deeply divided past.As former President Thabo Mbeki said when he spoke at the handing over ceremony in Berlin in 2006, the German World Cup succeeded in restoring some of Germany’s self-respect after its legacy of national socialism.“We are confident that the 2010 soccer World Cup will do the same to consolidate our self-respect and dignity gained when we attained our freedom and democracy in 1994 and, in a unique way, also help our own nation and the continent of Africa,” Mbeki said.Legacy and reconciliationBafana Captain Aaron Mokoena, even before the World Cup began, has taken the lead in ensuring that the legacy of the 2010 World Cup will benefit future generations of soccer players.A year ago he launched the Aaron Mokoena Foundation, which will ensure that those who were denied an opportunity in the past will benefit from the coaching and mentoring services the Foundation will provide; initially in the sprawling townships south of Johannesburg, including his home town of Boipatong in Sedibeng.“The future of the country is in the hands of the youth,” said Mokoena. “I want to make a contribution to ensure that they have the opportunity to reach for the stars.”An initiative such as John Perlman’s Dreamfields project is ensuring that thousands of would-be soccer players are getting access to kit and playing fields, often in the most remote rural reaches of the country.Local Organising committing CEO, Danny Jordaan, who has become synonymous with the World Cup, sees the staging of the event as a culmination of the anti-apartheid struggle which so effectively used sport to defeat apartheid.In 1995, former President Nelson Mandela used the rugby World Cup as a means of galvanising conservative white support for the country’s first black majority government. The story has been movingly told in the book Invictus by John Carlin and the film of the same name starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.Mandela was also instrumental in securing the Fifa World Cup for South Africa.“Reconciliation is an important aim of the World Cup.” Jordaan told the Independent on Sunday. “We want to make this country better and more united and I think we will achieve that.”“It will chart a new course in our country’s history,” he said.This article was first published in the Christian Science Monitor (online) and republished on ReConnect Africa.John Battersby is a former southern Africa correspondent of the Christian Science Monitor and a former editor of the Sunday Independent in Johannesburg. He is co-author of Nelson Mandela: A Life in Photographs published by Sterling in the United States in January 2010. Battersby is a trustee of the Aaron Mokoena Foundation.last_img read more

Football feast for local fans

first_imgFNB Stadium is one of the legacies of the2010 Fifa World Cup. FNB Stadium sports a calabash design. Safa vice president Danny Jordaan waspart of the Afcon bidding team.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• Morio SanyaneDirector: Communications and MediaSouth African Football Association+27 82 990 0835Bongani NkosiThe legacy of the 2010 Fifa World Cup will stand South Africa in good stead, as the country prepares to stage yet another spectacular football tournament, this time the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).South Africa received the nod to host Afcon 2017 after being pipped by Morocco for the 2015 event. The two were the only nations bidding after the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) pulled out.The Confederation of African Football (Caf) announced its decision on 29 January in Lubumbashi, DRC, after evaluating bids from the two competing nations.The South African Football Association’s (Safa) delegation, comprising its president Kirsten Nematandani, vice president Danny Jordaan and outgoing CEO Leslie Sedibe, concluded their bid in a 45-minute presentation before Caf’s announcement, as did Morocco’s representatives.Safa wanted the 2015 rights as it felt the country is more than ready to host Afcon within the next four years.“Considering that we have all the resources in place, our preference was to host the tournament in 2015,” said Nematandani in a statement.The country’s 2010 Fifa World Cup infrastructure has been widely acclaimed. Dazzling venues like FNB in Soweto, Moses Mabhida in Durban, Nelson Mandela Bay in Port Elizabeth and the eye-catching Cape Town Stadium are part of the international tournament’s legacy for South Africa.Billions were spent on building new and reconstructing old stadiums. Even low-key provinces like Mpumalanga and Limpopo now have world-class venues.The 43 500-seater Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga was built at a cost of R1.5-billion (US$140-million). Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo cost the tax-payer about R1.24-billion (US$150-million) and can accommodate more than 45 000 spectators.The football World Cup’s 64 matches were staged in 10 stadiums across eight of the nine provinces. With such a wealth of experience, South Africa will not find it difficult to prepare for 2017.“I think we’ll rely on the legacy of the World Cup.  Our stadiums are in good condition,” said Safa’s spokesman Morio Sanyane in an interview.“Our roads are also good,” Sanyane added. “We did a great job in transporting people during the World Cup.”While main roads were transformed for the international spectacle, public transport also received a major boost in cities like Johannesburg and Cape Town, where efficient Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems were introduced.Road to 2017Though Safa lost the bid for 2015 Afcon, it does not feel hard done by Caf and has congratulated Morocco.  “Safa has welcomed the decision of Caf,” Sanyane said.“We congratulate Morocco and wish them all the best in hosting this project of continental importance,” Nematandani said.Part of the preparations for the 2017 event will be to review Safa’s 2014 vision, a strategy that focuses on competitions like the 2012 Afcon in Gabon and Equatorial Guinea and the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.“Our strategy has to incorporate various aspects that will lead to the successful hosting of the 2017 Afcon,” said Nematandani. “2017 may seem far away, but the work starts now so that we are better prepared come the time.”Safa has confirmed that they will bid for the 2014 Fifa Club World Cup tournament, whose 2010 edition was hosted by the United Arab Emirates last December.Preparing Bafana for gloryIn 2017 it will be exactly 21 years since South Africa hosted Afcon. The historic 1996 contest took place in the four host cities of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth, and national team Bafana Bafana snatched the top honours from Tunisia before 80 000 fans in magnificent style.But Bafana’s Afcon performance has slumped after their debut victory in the tournament. The best results the team has produced since then are runners up in 1998 and third places in 1999 and 2002. They went out in the first round in three Afcons between 2004 and 2008.Fans around the country were devastated when Bafana failed to qualify for the 2010 Afcon in Angola.However, the team started their 2012 qualifying matches rather well in 2010. Bafana, which beat France in the World Cup, went on to thump Niger 2-0 in their first Afcon qualifier at Mbombela Stadium in September 2010.They played to a 0-0 draw against Sierra Leone in an away match. The next qualifier is a contest against the resilient Egyptian team in March in South Africa.Bafana have four important home and away matches where they have to achieve top points to secure a place in next year’s tournament.Then it’s the race to qualify for the 2013 Afcon in Libya, and Bafana will also need to qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup in Brazil.last_img read more

Dabholkar murder: Pune court remands right-wing lawyer Punalekar, aide in judicial custody

first_imgA special court on Tuesday directed that advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for fringe right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha; and his aide, Vikram Bhave, be sent to judicial custody in connection with the murder of eminent rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave, who were first arrested by the CBI on May 26, were produced before court on Tuesday on expiry of their CBI custody.The court of additional sessions judge R.M. Pande denied the CBI’s plea seeking a further extension of the custody of the accused. It observed that the CBI did not make any fresh progress in the investigation when the accused were in custody.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave have been alleged by the investigating agency to have participated in the conspiracy to murder Dabholkar, in destruction of evidence and in aiding and abetting Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, named as the assailants of the late rationalist.Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi argued for a 14-day custodial extension, saying the CBI needed time to analySe the data retrieved from Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile phone seized during his arrest.Mr. Suryavanshi submitted that Mr. Punalekar harboured one of the accused Sanstha members in the 2009 Madgaon blast in Goa. He said the CBI needed more time to probe how Mr. Bhave conducted the reconnaissance before Dabholkar’s murder and interrogate him to uncover details of the getaway motorbike used by the alleged two shooters.Arguing against the CBI’s plea, defence counsel Virendra Ichalkaranjikar said the CBI’s allegation against Mr. Punalekar of participating in the murder conspiracy was “not tenable.”“The CBI claims that Mr. Punalekar had advised alleged shooter Sahard Kalaskar in June 2018 to destroy the pistol used in a crime that occurred in 2013. This vague, ‘post-incident’ allegation does not hold water. Furthermore, despite seizing advocate Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile on May 27, the CBI has made no progress to retrieve data,” he said.In September last, while seeking an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI told the court that in July 2018, the accused dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane. It also suggested that one of the firearms could be the weapon used to kill Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Kalaskar allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Kalaskar further revealed that it was the Thane-based Mr. Bhave who planned the reconnaissance, pointed Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters after the crime.Besides the arrests of Andure, Kalaskar and Dr. Virendra Tawde – said to be the alleged mastermind of the murders of Dabholkar and veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare – the CBI has arrested Amol Kale, Amit Digvekar and Rajesh Bangera in connection with the conspiracy to kill the two rationalist-thinkers.Kale, Digvekar and Bangera, who were granted default bail in December last in the Dabholkar case, are presently incarcerated in a Bengaluru jail for their roles in the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh.last_img read more

Baahubali 2 vs Dangal box-office collection: Aamir Khan’s film beats SS Rajamouli’s epic

first_imgIndia’s most anticipated film Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, which released on April 28, opened to phenomenal response from fans. So much so that Baahubali 2 became the first Indian film to enter the prestigious Rs 1000-crore club. While Baahubali 2 continues its dream run at the box office even on its fifth week, superstar Aamir Khan’s Dangal has reportedly beaten the records set by SS Rajamouli’s film.As per box-office figures, Dangal has earned Rs 1743 crore worldwide, while Baahubali 2 has netted Rs 1530 crore.With its WW gross collections, #AamirKhan’s #Dangal has officially beaten #Baahubali2 at the box-office. Well deserved success ?????? pic.twitter.com/R7b8cUZxc7- Haricharan Pudipeddi (@pudiharicharan) May 25, 2017It must be noted that Aamir Khan’s wrestling drama Dangal received overwhelming response in China and has earned Rs 810 crore. Dangal’s theme of battling patriarchy, gender bias and excellence in sports has struck a chord with the Chinese people. At a recent media interaction, Aamir Khan asked viewers to not compare Baahubali 2 and Dangal as they’re two different and ‘good’ films.#Dangal WW GBOC (Till May 25th 2017):#China – ? 810 Crs#Taiwan – ? 31 Crs (US$ 4.72 M)RoW – ? 744 CrsTotal – ? 1,585 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 26, 2017On the other hand, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion was particularly praised for its breathtaking visuals and a gripping plot.#Baahubali2 becomes the 1st Indian Movie to do ? 1,000 Cr Nett in #IndiaHindi – ? 481 CrsTelugu, Tamil & Mal (Incl ROI too) – ? 520 Crs- Ramesh Bala (@rameshlaus) May 24, 2017Reports also suggest that Baahubali 2 will soon hit the screens in China. When that happens, the Prabhas-starrer is expected to fetch more moolah for the producers.advertisementLots of speculation about #Baahubali2 release in China… The update: #Baahubali2 makers have started the process of releasing in China…- taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) May 25, 2017Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty, Tamannaah, Sathyaraj and Ramya Krishnan star in pivotal roles in this instalment of Baahubali too.ALSO READ: Dangal Movie ReviewALSO READ: Baahubali 2 Movie ReviewWATCH: Prabhas & Rana Daggubati talk about their ultimate face-off in Baahubali 2last_img read more

Rep Schroeder announces local office hours on June 21

first_img State Rep. Andrea Schroeder of Independence Township invites residents to her in-district office hours on Friday, June 21 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. at the Waterford Civic Center on 2nd floor of the Township Hall Building, 5200 Civic Center Drive in Waterford.“I always look forward to the opportunity to have conversations with members of our community about what matters most to them,” Rep. Schroeder said. “I want to hear your thoughts and concerns, so I can better represent you in the Legislature. I hope to see you there.”No appointment is necessary, and all are welcome to join. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. Schroeder at (517) 373-0615 or via email at AndreaSchroeder@house.mi.gov. 07Jun Rep. Schroeder announces local office hours on June 21 Categories: Schroeder Newslast_img read more

Scripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its Hung

first_imgScripps Networks UK and EMEA has extended its Hungarian presence with the launch of the SD feeds of Food Network and Fine Living via UPC Magyarország (UPC Hungary).Both channels make their UPC Hungary debut, with each one available to subscribers as part of operator’s ‘Gold package’ with a voice-over in Hungarian.“Our growth strategy has been a key focus for us this year and this new deal with UPC Magyarország is testament to this. We are confident that viewers will enjoy the high quality content Food Network SD and Fine Living SD have to offer,” said Phillip Luff, managing director, Scripps Networks UK and EMEA.Anita Carra, chief marketing officer of UPC Hungary added: “We are very proud that UPC is one of the first cable company to launch these programs in Hungary and I’m sure that by this step we provide more premium experience to our Digital Gold customers.”The Scripps-owned Travel Channel is already available via UPC Hungary in both SD and HD.last_img read more

The community in Creggan was subjected to highlev

first_imgThe community in Creggan was subjected to high-level anti-social behaviour sparked by joyriding youths in two cars in front of St Mary’s Church where Requiem Mass for Mr Cassidy had taken place at lunchtime on Friday.During the unfolding chaos, a teenage male was discovered by a police patrol lying in grass shrubland and was taken to hospital where he was treated for puncture wounds to his shins.Police believe violent dissident republicans carried out the vicious attack.However, senior officers would not be drawn on local speculation that the victim was attacked with a pick axe, describing his injuries as “not life threatening”. There was also a fracas near the St Mary’s Church after the teenager’s funeral.Three windows at a house in Culdaff Gardens in Creggan were also smashed in the early hours of Saturday morning, which is also understood to be connected to the aftermath of Friday’s mayhem.On Friday schools and youth groups cancelled events and businesses shut early with some saying they felt the community was being held to “ransom”.Community representatives said police had questions to answer over their response.“The police can’t win in this situation,” Creggan priest Father Joe Gormley told the BBC.He said dissident republicans saw themselves as “self-appointed” protectors of the community and the PSNI need to work with the community to “normalise policing”.“They are damned if they do and damned if they don’t. If they were to come in to the area some of those militant republicans would have easily orchestrated a riot,” he said.“They have manipulated people’s minds to set themselves up as saviours of the people, which they are not. “They have their own narrow agenda. Do we want vigilante policing or do we want normal accountable policing?”PSNI Chief Inspector Johnny Hunter said police were on the outskirts of the Creggan and had carried out “discrete patrols” admitting police presence was increased due to concerns raised prior to the funeral.“We were in the position of do we put officers in the Creggan or do we respond to incidents as and when they happen?”He said responses had to be carefully judged and measured saying those in the car may have been looking for a police chase in a residential area as opposed to his officers waiting outside to try and stop it. Although they did not manage to stop the vehicle or capture those inside.Chief Inspector Hunter said police would be reviewing their response and what lessons can be learned. He said he understood the community’s concerns. He said police observed a group in the area and without intervening the crowd dissipated without “any other major issues later in the evening”.“It is very difficult for police to balance the consequences of us taking action which at the time can lead to more serious offences especially around stolen vehicles or vehicles being driven erratically,” he said.“And we have to be very, very careful around our various options.”He disagreed with a community perception there had been a change in police approach to policing in the Creggan following the murder of the journalist Lyra McKee. He said police teams had “good relations” with those in the area.“We face challenges… but we are doing our best to get into the Creggan and provide a normalised policing response,” he said.“We don’t get it right on every occasion and there are always lessons to be learned. “We have strong relationships, we will listen to feedback and use that as part of this review into this incident.”Police to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeral was last modified: June 10th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: Picture circulated on social media of a fracas near the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy on FridayPOLICE in Derry are to review their response after gangs of youths rampaged in Derry following the funeral of Caoimhin Cassidy.He died in the early hours of Saturday, June 1, after he was trapped inside a stolen red Mazda 6 car that caught fire after it struck a lamp post on Fairview Road in Galliagh. Caoimhin CassidyCHIEF INSPECTOR JONNY HUNTERCRegganDerryFAIRVIEW ROADgalliaghPolice to review actions after disorder in Derry following Caoimhin Cassidy funeralPSNIST MARY’S CHURCH ShareTweetlast_img read more